Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 1190a George W. Ellis, 1866-08-15 >> Page 246

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Transcription 246 THE SIMMS LETTERS
I shall be pleased, if possible, to visit Trenton, and as it is not unlikely that I shall return South by the land route, I may have a chance to look in upon you & our brethren of the Mystic tre8 when you least expect it. Present me gratefully to yr. medico (Dr. C.), our medical brother.`' I may need a potion at his hand. Commend me to him expressly, to the fraternity generally, and hold me as ever

very truly yours,
W. Gilmore Simms.
P. S. Brady, by the way, has taken several portraits (photo-graphs) of me for a large quarto work of the publisher, Johnson.1° He has also made some cartes de visite—all frightful—more so than those I sent you, since they were taken when I wore all my fearful wilderness of beard. But it may be well to look in at Brady's & see them.
W. G. S.
'Smith remarks that this word is "Illegible in the MS." but that it is "apparently a Masonic symbol of some kind, from the context meaning something like 'assembly' or 'company.'" He was unable to identify it, nor can we.
The Trenton Directory, 1867-68. Containing a List of the Inhabitants, Together with a Business Directory . . . (New York: Webb & Fitzgerald, n.d.) lists three physicians whose last names begin with "C": James Chamberlain, James B. Coleman, and Thomas J. Corson. Edward Rainey writes us that the only one of these who was a Freemason, a member of Trenton Lodge No. 5, was Thomas J. Corson, who died on May 10, 1879.
°The firm of Johnson, Fry and Co. (Henry Johnson and William H. Fry) was the publisher of Duyckinck's National Portrait Gallery of Eminent Americans (see note 80, Mar. 15, 1861 [1047]). The engraving of Matthew Brady's photograph is reproduced in Vol. V of The Letters of William Gilmore Simms, facing p. 104.